A no-hitter in softball is as difficult to accomplish as it is magnificent to watch. To have teammates come to the mound — the pitcher’s mountain — and toss high-fives after the final out is recorded, is an almost a majestic feeling.
However, it may be routine for Humber’s Myranda Pierson.
This week’s OCAA female athlete of the week threw her second no-hitter in her two-and-a-half-year career with a 10-0 win over Mohawk Mountaineers in Brampton.
She’s not done either, Hawks coach Duaine Bowles predicted.
“To be honest, she could have thrown two or three more by this point,” Bowles said. “She’s got lights out stuff, dynamite stuff. It’s interesting because she only struck out two batters.”
Pierson walked two in her complete game shutout.
Her pitching prowess has helped the Hawks, sitting in third in the OCAA standings after a pair of losses to St. Clair on Sunday with a 10-and-6 record, developing a swagger and an overwhelming confidence.
Pierson is calm, cool and relaxed on the mound.
“She’s the one leading us into the competition and we’re there to back her up,” said infielder Meaghan Murphy, who collected a hit and a run in the games versus the Saints.
“Her confidence on the mound makes us confident behind her and it’s a really good feeling to have when we know we’re about to head out to a game.”
Pierson, who gave up five hits in six innings in the recent 3-2 loss against St. Clair, agrees there’s pressure whenever she goes out on the dirt.
But she has learned to channel those expectations as she progresses.
“Over time, I have started to drop the expectations that I have set for myself,” Pierson said. “Even though I go into every game expecting the most from myself it is hard to uphold the expectations because I often expect perfection.”
With a no-hitter in both seasons she has pitched, she said training is a highly valued commodity when preparing for a potential start.
“I have been playing softball for over 10 years, so practice allows me to understand how my body works, whether this is based on my pitching mechanics or based on how to prepare myself mentally,” Pierson said. “With practice, I try to maximize the time I have to work on my spins to ensure that they are moving exactly the way I would like them to.”
With such a full schedule, Pierson said she can find balance in pitching and studying for graduation.
“I can honestly say, it is not easy to balance being a student athlete,” Pierson said. “It is pretty hard to balance school, games, practicing, working out and work all at once.”
Pierson said she’d continue in the game after such a successful and rewarding career at Humber.
“I would love to continue to play at a competitive level but softball is one sport that does not give you as many pathways as some other sports may,” she said. “If this does not happen then I am very fortunate in saying that Humber has provided me with an amazing varsity college experience.”